As of September 2015, Dividend.com provides historical data for BP's dividend payouts. BP has paid a quarterly dividend since 1992, according to Dividend.com. The exception was in 2010, when the company temporarily suspended dividends after a major oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, reports The Telegraph.
As of September 2015, BP stock offers a yield of 7.43 percent, resulting in a payout of 58 to 60 cents per share per quarter, states Dividend.com. Payouts have slow risen from 42 cents per share after dividend payouts resumed in 2011. Immediately before the oil spill, from 2008 to 2010, payouts peaked at 84 cents per share. Payouts were less than 3 cents per share at the earliest data point listed in 1992.